Journey Tourism Victoria seems to returning backpackers to fill workforce shortages


Victoria’s backpacker business is on observe to return to pre-pandemic ranges subsequent 12 months, with hopes these on working vacation visas could assist to fill ongoing employees shortages.

Greater than 70,000 working holidaymakers are anticipated to reach in Australia earlier than December, with an rising quantity prone to make a beeline for Melbourne.

Melbourne Metropolis Backpackers supervisor Max Gibson stated there had been a noticeable uplift.

“The final two weeks, notably, we’ve got seen an enchancment in arrivals from Europe and a number of South People on pupil visas,” he stated. 

“That is one of the best occupancy and charges we’ve got seen for the reason that begin of the pandemic and I’m hopeful it will probably enhance much more going ahead.”

Journey Tourism Victoria (ATV) president Alex Hill stated the resumption of the journey market and a rise in working holidaymakers marked an infinite alternative, notably throughout the labour and hospitality sectors.

“Clearly Australia has a crucial scarcity of employees or job seekers in the mean time,” he stated.

ATV president Alex Hill desires to see extra working holidaymakers fill job shortages.(Provided: Journey Tourism Victoria)

Victoria must ‘faucet into the market’

Mr Hill stated state and federal governments may very well be doing extra to learn from backpacker employees.

“Now we have seen different states look to faucet into this market,” he stated. 

“However Victoria is but to enter that dialogue and I believe it is a disgrace as a result of there’s a market there.

“We have to be in that dialog so these folks can fill the roles we’d like crammed for our financial rebound.”

ATV, which is internet hosting a discussion board with keynote audio system in Melbourne tonight, anticipated backpacker numbers to carry to greater than 300,000 in 2023. 

Mr Hill stated it was a exceptional bounce-back, given the sector was decimated when Australia’s worldwide borders had been closed. 

He stated lifting the decrease wage tax on backpackers, increasing the working vacation program and reducing the price of visa functions, would assist encourage additional progress.

Untapped demand from employers

Mr Gibson stated up to now hostels had served as a job hubs for employers seeking to fill gaps with working holidaymakers.

A man poses for the camera in a common area of a Melbourne backpacker hostel
Max Gibson is fielding calls from employers looking for working holidaymakers.(Provided: Melbourne Metropolis Backpackers)

“I do see that returning as extra working holidaymakers arrive, though I nonetheless discover it a bit odd that nobody is asking for work,” he stated.

“We get a number of calls from labour firms and hospitality companies unable to search out employees.”

He stated authorities purple tape was hampering the return of numbers to pre-pandemic ranges. 

“It’s nonetheless fairly exhausting and costly for backpackers to use for the working vacation visa,” Mr Gibson stated. 

Backpacker tax controversial

He stated stripping out the unpopular backpacker tax would additionally assist.



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